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headstrong

[hed-strawng, -strong] /ˈhɛdˌstrɔŋ, -ˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate:
a headstrong young man.
2.
proceeding from or exhibiting willfulness:
a headstrong course.
Origin of headstrong
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English heedstronge. See head, strong
Related forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
Can be confused
headlong, headstrong.
Synonyms
1. See willful.
Antonyms
1. tractable, docile.
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  • She had thrown the spell of her beauty over this headstrong, masterful man.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • My doom is fixed—fixed by my own folly—my own rash, headstrong folly.

  • To be too headstrong and too open, that is the beginning of trouble.

  • Do you wish to know why I meant it, you rash and headstrong old woman?'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • She hoped that he was not very angry with her, that he was not writing her down in his mind as a foolish and headstrong girl.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for headstrong

headstrong

/ˈhɛdˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
self-willed; obstinate
2.
(of an action) heedless; rash
Derived Forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
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Word Origin and History for headstrong
adj.

"determined to have one's way," late 14c., from head (n.) + strong. Cf. Old English heafodbald "impudent," literally "head-bold."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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